Happy Hanukkah!


In honor of this year’s Hanukkah celebration, here are a few holiday-related pieces from our collection.

Nathan Zelizer Celebrating Hanukkah 

Rabbi Nathan Zelizer leading a celebration of Hanukkah for soldiers at Stark General Hospital in South Carolina while serving as a chaplain with the U. S. Army during World War II, 1944, from the Rabbi Nathan Zelizer collection, MSS 417 AV.

Rabbi Nathan Zelizer was the rabbi for Tifereth Israel in Columbus,OH from 1931-1973. During WWII, he took a sabbatical from his congregational work to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. This photograph was taken during this time, at Hanukkah in 1944.  The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, congregational bulletins, newspaper clippings and religious objects related to Rabbi Zelizer’s rabbinical work.

Students Making Latkes for Chanukah

Jewish students who were members of the B’Nai B’Rith Hillel Foundation at Ohio State University making latke (potato pancakes) for Chanukah, 1957, from the BNai BRith Hillel Foundation Audiovisual Collection, P 252

The Ohio Jewish Chronicle 

The front page of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle on December 5, 1985.

The Ohio Jewish Chronicle collection in Ohio Memory contains the history of the Columbus Jewish community as recorded weekly in the pages of the paper from 1922-1994.  Typing Hanukkah or Chanukah into the search field of the collection in Ohio Memory returns over 1,000 individual page hits. Not everything you can find in the collections of The Ohio Historical Society is digitized, of course. By visiting the research room in Columbus, you can see resources like this, as well:

The Hanukkah festival: outline of lessons for teachers / by Rabbi Louis Grossmann. [PA Box 178 10]  This pamphlet was published in 1914 by the Teachers Institute of the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati. Founded in Cincinnati in 1875, HUC is the oldest extant Jewish Seminary in the United States.

There is a popular saying during Hanukkah that goes, We fought… we won Lets Eat!”  So, in that spirit, Ill leave you with this potato latke recipe from actor Edward G. Robinson, re-printed from the American Jewish Press, on page 5 of this 1953 issue of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle.

 Jason Crabill, Curatorial Services Manager

Posted December 23, 2011
Topics: All TopicsMy History

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